Should You Carpet Your Bathroom Floor?
Carpet Your Bathroom Floor remodels stand out for numerous reasons. They can be a quick and easy way to increase your home’s resale value. They revolve around one of the most important rooms in the house, one you use every day. They are also a bit on the tricky side because many remodeling materials don’t fare well when exposed to regular moisture and humidity. This is one reason why carpeting is usually ruled out in the bathroom.
If you stand by your carpet, there are ways to get around the moisture issue. Benefits to carpet include a lower cost per square foot in comparison to other flooring options, simple installation, and easy cleaning with a vacuum. For your bathroom, purchase stain and water resistant carpeting, then treat the carpet with additional mold and mildew protection. Select a synthetic fiber, such as nylon, which retains the least water. To further prevent mold and mildew onset, install a moisture resistant pad between your carpet and subfloor. You can also purchase a carpet with mold and mildew-resistant Backing.
However, no matter how many precautions you take, chances are that your carpet will experience regular bouts of splashing and drips, even among the most careful bathers. Wet carpets can stain, mold, and retain odor. And how do you prevent humidity from landing on your carpet fibers? Even with mold and mildew protection, the carpet itself is made from highly absorbent fiber. Wool is especially susceptible to moisture. And while vacuuming works on a dry carpet, it is difficult to clean otherwise.
Despite water-resistant finishes, carpet is made from fiber, which will absorb large spills. Wool carpets and those with denser fibers maintain the most moisture. Spills in the bathroom can come from more than once source: the shower, the sink, and the toilet. A big problem area for mold is the space where the flooring meets the shower and toilet. With prolonged exposure to water, more problems could be lurking underneath the carpet itself.
The good news is that many alternatives to carpeting exist. For instance, why not use carpet squares instead? Place them in isolated areas above a more conducive bathroom flooring option, such as engineered wood, stone, or ceramic.